There is so much on my mind and heart on this 2022 version of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The demands of other commitments keep me from sharing those today. Instead I want to share some less familiar quotes from King that are not from his monumental “I Have a Dream” speech. These lines from King’s 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech were quoted in a powerful article by John Blake two days ago:
“I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history,”
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Blake goes on to say, “Those are words that lift the soul. How much will they mean, though, if the US becomes a performative democracy — a country with the veneer of fair elections but run by White minority rule?
If that happens, January 6 — not January 15 — will be a truer reflection of what the US stands for.
And what King said in 1963 will no longer be a dream. It’ll be a mirage.”
John Blake, CNN, January 15, 2022, “MLK had a dream. Trump had a mob. How two days in January offer competing visions for America”